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Joanne Harris

UK flag (b.1964)

aka Joanne M Harris

Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction

Vianne Rocher
   1. Chocolat (1998)
   2. The Lollipop Shoes (2007)
     aka The Girl with No Shadow
   3. Peaches for Monsieur le Cure (2012)
     aka Peaches for Father Francis
   4. The Strawberry Thief (2019)
Series contributed to
Non fiction
   The French Kitchen (2002) (with Fran Warde)
   My French Kitchen (2003) (with Fran Warde)
   The French Market (2005) (with Fran Warde)
   The Little Book of Chocolat (2014) (with Fran Warde)
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1999) : Chocolat
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : Gentlemen and Players

Joanne Harris recommends
La Cucina (2000)
(La Cucina, book 1)
Lily Prior
"Wonderful. A festival of life and all its pleasures."
Crow Lake (2002)
Mary Lawson
"A remarkable novel, utterly gripping...I read it at a single sitting, then I read it again, just for the pleasure of it."
English Correspondence (2003)
Janet Davey
"A superb piece of writing ... elegant and subtle in a way you don't see very often these days."
Finding Helen (2003)
Colin Greenland
"A complex, darkly beautiful novel, filled with ominous possibilities and disturbing hints...this is English literary fiction at its best."
Full Dark House (2003)
(Bryant & May, book 1)
Christopher Fowler
"As filled with tricks as a magician's sleeve. Witty, charismatic, occasionally touching and with the genuine power to thrill."
A Time of Angels (2003)
Patricia Schonstein
"A marvellous novel... Delightfully dark and witty."
Apple of My Eye (2003)
Patrick Redmond
"A dark and bloody tale which keeps the tension going right until the last page ... A superb, intelligent read."
The Embers of Heaven (2005)
(Jin-Shei, book 2)
Alma Alexander
"This book is a complete original - and a completely magical piece of writing."
The Matchmaker of Perigord (2007)
Julia Stuart
"A hilarious romp off the beaten track. Love it to bits."
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2008)
Richard C Morais
"I enjoyed this book very much. It has great charm and is colourfully written, sensuous and evocative."
The Lace Makers of Glenmara (2009)
Heather Barbieri
"A charming, moving story, written with a delicate touch."
The Lessons (2010)
Naomi Alderman
"A remarkable novel... Alderman is a supremely talented writer."
Before I Go To Sleep (2011)
S J Watson
"A terrific first novel - well-written, genuinely unsettling and psychologically very plausible. Thrillers seldom come much better than this."
Sorry (2011)
Zoran Drvenkar
"A terrific book, very dark, very sinister, very original - really something special."
The White Lie (2012)
Andrea Gillies
"A really terrific read... Elegant, well written, genuinely gripping."
A Guide to the Beasts of East Africa (2012)
Nicholas Drayson
"P. G. Wodehouse meets Alexander McCall Smith."
The Night Rainbow (2013)
Claire King
"Quirky, elegant and sweet: I loved it!"
Not Quite Nice (2015)
(Bellevue-Sur-Mer, book 1)
Celia Imrie
"A warm, light-hearted, fast-paced tale that fans of Peter Mayle will enjoy."
The House at Bishopsgate (2017)
Katie Hickman
"Hugely enjoyable ... Deeply satisfying."
On Copper Street (2017)
(DI Tom Harper Mystery, book 5)
Chris Nickson
"A vibrant sense of living history, with strong, well-drawn characters...I loved it."
From Darkest Skies (2017)
(From Darkest Skies, book 1)
Sam Peters
"A masterly piece of writing and plotting that manages to merge classy space-opera with a police procedural as twisty as a Christie."
Fear (2017)
Dirk Kurbjuweit
"A terrific, original thriller - I loved it."
The Last Namsara (2017)
(Iskari, book 1)
Kristen Ciccarelli
"An accomplished fantasy novel, of the kind I think of as 'royal palace shenanigans', raised above the commonplace by one marvellous central premise - the idea that dragons are the custodians of the old tale."
The Silent Patient (2019)
Alex Michaelides
"An excellent, slow-burning psychological thriller; sharp, clever and with a whammy that genuinely took me by surprise (it takes a lot to do this). Kudos to the author. More, please."
Shadows of Athens (2019)
(Philocles, book 1)
JM Alvey
"I loved it; great sense of place, terrific characters and a cracking plot."
You Let Me In (2020)
Camilla Bruce
"By the end of the third page I was not only hooked, but beginning to think that this might be the best book I'd read all year."
A Theatre for Dreamers (2020)
Polly Samson
"The best book I've read all year."
The War Widow (2020)
(Billie Walker Mystery, book 1)
Tara Moss
"A cracking thriller, with a marvelous, strong, flamboyant heroine."
The Last Night (2020)
C D Major
"A deftly-handled, slow-burning thriller."
The Windsor Knot (2020)
(Her Majesty The Queen Investigates, book 1)
S J Bennett
"Hilarious, affectionate, and so well observed... I loved it."
The Last House on Needless Street (2021)
Catriona Ward
"Books like this don't come around too often. An intelligent, well-written, stylish psychological thriller... with a perfectly structured plot arc and a perfectly satisfying whammy at the end. I would say I inhaled this in one, but I think I was too busy holding my breath throughout. Bravo."
An Act of Love (2021)
Carol Drinkwater
"I loved An Act of Love: it's a virtual hug of a tale; warm, and engaging, and tender. Just what I needed."
Ten Low (2021)
Stark Holborn
"I loved Ten Low. Combining the taut characterisation and clever wit of Stark Holborn’s spectacular Westerns with some splendidly inclusive and innovative sci-fi, this is a wonderful fusion of Firefly and Joanna Russ, with a Ennio Morricone soundtrack."
Shackled Fates (2021)
(Hanged God Trilogy, book 2)
Thilde Kold Holdt
"Packs a punch worthy of the Thunderer himself."

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